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GED Overhaul Diminishing Hope

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

As the only high school diploma equivalency tests accepted by all 50 states, changes to GED has a huge impact on the millions of people who hope to earn credentials equivalent to a high school diploma. This is particularly onerous on the poor.

A Festival For Everyone

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 03.06.2014 | Travel

Missing out on beads, beignets, and Bourbon Street? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We've discovered an option for just about everyone with enough...

Unleashing Leadership in Camden

TNTP | Posted 02.28.2014 | Education

By Tonya Horton This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Camden is a city on the rise. The small New Jersey city has struggled with ...

There Are Still Some Lights On in Camden

Carlos Moreno | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Carlos Moreno

I wonder how Dr. King would have dealt with Camden and its troubles.

Only 3 Students In This District Are College-Ready

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The new school superintendent in Camden, N.J., says it was a "kick-in-the-stomach moment" when he learned that only three distri...

We Must Present the World to Camden

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

I have been working in Camden for 16 years and in that time I have come to realize that jobs and paychecks do not solve poverty. The needed healing is not a static thing, but a changing dynamic that is as fragile as the people who live in it.

Tragedies Like Trayvon Martin's Death Occur Regularly in Camden

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

What I am most angry about today is that Trayvon's terrible death is being used by so many for an outrage that isn't brought home to Camden, home to Philadelphia or home to Chicago.

WATCH: Nuns Hit the Road for Immigration Reform

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Bill Moyers

This time they're spreading the good word on immigration reform. We caught up with the group's founder, Sister Simone Campbell, as this year's tour kicked off in Newark, New Jersey, just a short distance from Ellis Island, where so many immigrants first entered the United States.

How to Make It in America's Most Dangerous City

Steve Patrick Ercolani | Posted 08.24.2013 | Crime
Steve Patrick Ercolani

Last year Camden had 67 murders in a city of just 77,000. Per capita, that is nearly as high as Honduras, the murder capital of the world.

Working on Healing More Important Than Adding Police

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

NBC's Rock Center recently showed Camden the way that most of the world sees it: dangerous, rundown and hopeless. The problem with this vantage point is that it is only the surface level.

The Education Brain Drain New Jersey Can't Afford

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 06.05.2013 | New York
Gordon MacInnes

The immediate damage of the cap policy is harder to measure or see, but the longer-term loss is very great. New Jersey cannot continue to provide excellent local education without strong, adequately compensated leaders.

New Jersey is Taking Over Camden Schools -- A Case for Optimism

Eric Lerum | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Eric Lerum

We've seen this before; three other districts in New Jersey -- Paterson, Newark, and Jersey City -- are already under state control, and have few positive results to show for it.

Clock Doesn't Reset on Trauma

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 03.28.2013 | New York
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

In 2012, Camden set a new record for murders in a single year. It was last broken in 1995, and since then over 700 people have been murdered here. The violence compelled the creation of a community group which planted crosses in front of City Hall and along the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Policing the Streets and Policing The Times

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.06.2013 | Crime
Arianna Huffington

In this week's Huffington, John Rudolf puts the spotlight on crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey, where instead of improving the police department, local leaders plan to replace it entirely. And Michelangelo Signorile looks back at an article he wrote 20 years ago about being gay at The New York Times, and how the paper rose to a new level of journalistic integrity by ending its silence on gay issues.

'Crime Of All Kinds Has Increased': Austerity Stories From New Jersey

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Amid all the job losses that have taken place in recent years, the public sector has been one of the hardest hit areas. Between 2009 and 2012, state a...

John Rudolf

Chris Christie Pushes Union-Busting Police Plan For Country's Poorest City | John Rudolf | Posted 11.19.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. -- On a cold autumn night, Darran Johnson, 22, stands by the police tape strung between two trees in the housing complex where he lives w...

Gay Marriage Gets A Boost In New England From...Joan Crawford?

Posted 10.30.2012 | Gay Voices

UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Sandy, the Camden Opera House performance of "Mommie Queerest" has been moved to Nov. 16. In addition, the venue will also ho...

Trauma: The Silenced Poverty of Camden, NJ

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

Camden has seen an unprecedented murder rate in 2012. In a city with only 77,000 residents, there have been 54 murders. That's the highest murder rate in the country. If New York City had the same murder rate, there would be 5,654 people dead.

John Rudolf

Police Hunt Masked Killer In Violence-Plagued City | John Rudolf | Posted 10.08.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Police continued their hunt on Monday for a masked man armed with a gun and machete who shot five young people in a parked car late Sa...

Did Contaminated PCP Trigger Violent Child Slay?

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA AND PATRICK WALTERS | Posted 11.05.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. — Authorities are trying to determine if a contaminated batch of PCP is going around Camden after a child was decapitated and two o...

Cops: Man On PCP Arrested In Deadly Stabbing Attack On Sleeping Kids

AP | BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI | Posted 11.03.2012 | Crime

TRENTON, N.J. — A man high on PCP-laced marijuana stabbed two neighborhood children in their home while they slept, killing a 6-year-old boy and...

Young Boy Stabbed To Death, Sister's Throat Cut, No Arrests

AP | Posted 11.02.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- Authorities say a 6-year-old boy has been stabbed to death inside his New Jersey home, and his 12-year-old sister has been critically ...

John Rudolf

Chris Christie Pushes Controversial Crime-Fighting Plan | John Rudolf | Posted 08.31.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. -- A few weeks ago, a young man was shot to death in broad daylight just down the street from Miguel Amador's small music shop on one of ...

City With Crime Problem Disbands Police Force

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Crime

A New Jersey city with a persistently high crime rate and a yawning budget deficit plans to eliminate its police department. The city of Camden, o...

Mayor Fights Tiny Raise For Firefighters

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business

You'd think that firefighters, of all people, would be able to get a pay raise if they wanted one. But Michael Nutter doesn't seem to agree. Nutter...